The Great Exhortation

Our great hatred of the Law is something we Protestants will have to repent of, if we wish to live and not die.

This applies to both our own souls & eternities, and our societies, and our culture, and our nations.

Before quoting Rushdoony and expanding a bit on the uses of the law he discusses, let me quote the Bible as he did, (but from the ESV, not the KJV he used):

Leviticus 26:3-13 (10 verses of material, this-world blessings)
Leviticus 26:14-44 (30 verses of material, this-world curses)
ending with
Leviticus 26:45 (1 verse of this-world blessing,
as God remembers His covenant with His people)

Of course, the bold in the quotations is mine.

Bible: The Blessings of the Great Exhortation

“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them,  then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.  Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.  I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.  You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.  I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you. You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new. I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.  And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Leviticus 26:3-13, English Standard Version

It’s been a long, long time since Christians have walked erect in the West.

I suggest that it’s time we re-evaluated our behaviour, and decide to win God’s blessings.

And not His curses, as we are receiving today.

Bible: The Curses of the Great Exhortation

“But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments,  if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant,  then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.  I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.  And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins,  and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.  And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

 “Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins.  And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.

 “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me,  then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins.  And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.  When I break your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

 “But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me,  then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins.  You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.  And I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols, and my soul will abhor you.  And I will lay your cities waste and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing aromas.  And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled at it.  And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.

 “Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its Sabbaths.  As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, the rest that it did not have on your Sabbaths when you were dwelling in it.  And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues.  They shall stumble over one another, as if to escape a sword, though none pursues. And you shall have no power to stand before your enemies.  And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.  And those of you who are left shall rot away in your enemies’ lands because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them.

 But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me,  so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity,  then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.  But the land shall be abandoned by them and enjoy its Sabbaths while it lies desolate without them, and they shall make amends for their iniquity, because they spurned my rules and their soul abhorred my statutes.  Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God.

Leviticus 26:14-44, English Standard Version

Bible: The End of the Great Exhortation

But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.”

Leviticus 26:45, English Standard Version

Rushdoony: Neglect of the Law

We finished last week our study of the 10th Commandment. And we have seen how these laws have been neglected. Now people no longer move in terms of the law of God. Now they no longer have respect unto the earth and her requirements of a Sabbath. No longer to they pay any attention to the laws of debt, nor the laws of the family, nor any of these things, but despise them. These things were, for a long time, kept as law by Christians, but the rise of Protestantism has deeply infected both Protestants and Catholics and has led to a decline of, and virtual abandonment of, biblical law. Pietism stresses spiritual religion. The law stresses a very material religion. The law says that our life is related to the material facts of the world around us. How to use the earth. How to use money. How to use anything in this world. How to deal with our fellow men. Biblical law, biblical religion is very material. Very relevant. It speaks of our everyday affairs. Unfortunately, it was the Reformation which brought to the forefront the doctrine of justification that lost the opportunity to set straight the doctrine of sanctification. Both doctrines had suffered at the latter of the Middle Ages because of the rise of pietism, various cults. Mystical movements of the day.

Promises of Law
The Use of the Law
Dr. R.J. Rushdoony

As a certainty, Christians have chosen to neglect the Law.

And as an inevitability, Christians have been – and are being – punished for their neglect of the Law.

Pietism and mysticism does not please God.
Justice and truth does: in the home and on the streets.

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